Tuesday, December 29, 2009

have an ice day


[i realize this post is about two weeks late, but better late than never, i guess…]

the snow was awesome…

…but the cocoon of ice that encapsulated all of the branches of our towering trees was even better. when the sun broke through the thick, broiling blanket of clouds, there was a point at which the treetops looked as though they were littered with a million tiny, glittering diamonds.

of course, i failed to capture that spectacle, what with me on the ground and possessing the distinct disadvantage of not being 40 ft. tall. so i had to shoot everything at 500mm from what felt like a worm's-eye view, leaving the glistening ice on the other side of the branches (i.e., the top) while the view through the lens revealed a less appealing scene (i.e., the not-frozen, non-glistening underside of the branches).

i was blessed to have a northern flicker alight for a bit on one of the frozen treetops, giving me a nice shot of the eye-catching gold underneath his wings.

silver and gold…what a perfect combination for this special time of the year.


Mary said...

You did not fail to capture the spectacle, Doug! I'm stomping my feet because I didn't have a gorgeous Flicker land on an icy branch. That's fabulous. Silver and Gold - a theme for one of my Christmas trees ;-)

You always make me laugh with that extremely dry sense of humor in your commentary.

Have you ever told me what where you are in the U.S.?

dugfresh said...

jamestown, north carolina. all the way from albuquerque, new mexico.

when i say i failed to capture the spectacle...you should have seen the treetops from my second storey window. my jaw dropped and my heart skipped a few beats, 'cause it was one of those scenes that was just epic — almost cinematic — in its scope. _that_ is what i hoped to capture. it was just one of those perfect timing things. i'm always a little sad when i miss capturing things like that on "film," but i'm always thankful for the fact that i got to witness it at all.

Richard said...

Great and unusual shot of the Flicker. I can never get that close.

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